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Tuesday’s Top 10 Sunscreens

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With summer here, I’m all about spending my time outdoors in the sun, with of course, sun protection on. I’ve been using sunscreens ritually especially ever since I started surfing several years ago. Throughout the years, I’ve had my fair shares of sunscreens so I wanted to share my all time favorites to the most important factor to find your perfect sunscreen.

1. Suntegrity Skincare 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen in Medium (Perfect for all types) It’s great for people who don’t wear make up on a regular basis as it even outs your skin tone and protects your skin.
2. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing lotion SPF 30  (Perfect for dry skin) People who have dry skin like me should use the lotion or moisturizing base to keep your skin hydrated as well.
3. MD Solar Science Mineral Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Perfect for all types) Easy to reapply and very effective.
4. Devita Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer Also great for sensitive skin. (This ones great too Drunk Elephant)
5. Goddess Garden Baby Sunscreen Baby sunscreens are the best for sensitive skin type since they don’t have the chemical called Oxybenzone which is bad for your skin. (more on that below)
6. Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm SPF 30 Compliments blotchy skin tone. I love how it works as a make-up base or just itself as it brightens up your complexion.
7. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer  is great for people who have oily skin like my sister. Oil-free is a must for oily skin and be sure to carry around blotting paper.
8. Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunblock SPF 45+ This is my go to but it does leave white residue since it’s more pure than most sunscreens so you have to rub it in. It’s super safe for sensitive skin.
9. Soliel Toujours SPF 20 Moisturizer for Face It’s great for dry skin since it moisturizes and protects.
10. La Mer ‘The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily UV Protecting Fluid This is the one that I use especially when I’m traveling since it’s so compact and has a very light refreshing scent. It doesn’t bother my sensitive skin and it’s fluid so doesn’t leave the white residue.

*Remember the 10 key points and precautions reference by the Skin Cancer.org & Environmental Working Group: EWG.

1. Always check the expiration date, most have up to 3 years.

2. Misconception about SPF’s (Sun Protection Factor): The SPF number on your sunscreen only scales the protection from UVB (U rays, which causes the sunburns (think “B” for bad burn) Also, UVA which causes wrinkling, aging skin, and even damage on a long term (think “A” for aging) You can be toasting in the sun, not burning, and think you’re protecting yourself from skin cancer but not really! Basically, SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays and anything after that has not much effect.  Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offers 100% protection.

3. Avoid the sun between 10am-2pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest, cover up whenever possible especially if you’re fair skinned or know you burn easily.

4. Use sunscreen even on cloudy days – UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. I wore sunscreen everyday while I was in Iceland.

5. No No’s- No spray sunscreens, No super high SPF, No Loose powder sunscreens, No combined sunscreen/bug repellents, No tanning oils with SPF, and No sunscreen towelettes.

7. Be aware that certain medications, including some antibiotics, dramatically increase sun sensitivity, Check with your doctor.

8. Here’s a list of unsafe toxic chemicals that are sadly in 75% of all major name brand sunscreen.  If you can, watch out for Oxybenzone (interrupts hormone system), Octinoxate, Avobenzene, Octycrylate, Parabens and Homosalate.  Some cause has dangerous chemicals that alter the natural function of the body’s hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid. Endocrine disruptors can cause abnormal development in fetuses and growing children, early puberty and premature breast development in girls, low sperm counts in men, and infertility. If that’s not enough, some may generate DNA-damaging chemicals called “free radicals” in the body, and they can lead to cancer. Scaryy

9. Go for Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide instead of chemicals above, these provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection without the harmful potential disease implications.

10. Ultimate Key Point: Re-apply every couple of hours, you can’t put it on in the morning and forget about it,  you have to reapply for it to be effective.

Also, use lip balm with sunscreen because your lips contain no melanin and will burn easily.

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  1. As a dermatologist I’m ecstatic that you’re advocating for sunscreen use but disappointed that you have shared the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen report which wrongly trashes sunscreen ingredients. I did a thorough dig into the science behind a few of these ingredients (namely oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate) and there is no convincing scientific evidence that these sunscreen ingredients have harmful effects on humans when applied on the skin. I hope that you can help spread the word about how the dermatologist community feels about this!

    My post on the quick and dirty science behind sunscreen: what is fact vs fiction: http://www.teawithmd.com/2015/07/ewr-myths-about-sunscreen-safety/

    Best
    Joyce
    http://Www.teawithmd.com
    A dermatologist’s guide to health and beauty

  2. I love this post, super helpful, I really love the Neutrogena Pure and Baby Sunblock, it really works wonders.
    XO, Khadijah

  3. I’m really bad. I do NOT wear sunscreen, even though I know I should. My main confusion with it is, when do I put it on!? Is it after moisturizer before foundation? And if I’m already wearing makeup and I need to touch up my sunscreen, won’t it make my makeup look super greasy?

    All things I think about haha.

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Summer Hit List

  4. Great post, I haven’t tried any of these sunscreens before but my favourite is Cliniderm SPF45. It’s a physical sunscreen that’s formulated without parabens. I’ll have to check some of these other ones out!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  5. Stephanie says on June 30, 2015

    This post is so useful! I’m a big fan of sunscreen that goes on light and doesn’t feel too oily.

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  6. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says on June 30, 2015

    Great mentioned of all Sun protection products, I especially adore LaMer products, and CeraVe, it’s almost a night & day in comparison, but both products seemed to have won my heart and money in a sense. Great choices of products to choose from. :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  7. Thanks for this! Going to do a baby sunscreen post soon myself. I didn’t know spray sunscreens were bad – I use them on myself because it’s fast and easy as a new mama. Does anyone know why they’re bad?